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Deaf People In Europe Have it Good!

I had the occasion to chat with a Finnish deaf guy about technology. As we all know, Finland is one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world. They have texting just like us all in America, but they have one thing we in America do not yet have–that is communicating via video on our cell phones (or Blackberries). I am not sure if they have 2-way videos on Blackberries in Europe yet.

In any event, they use video a lot of times and they are adept at holding their cell phones while signing to the other party. The video is very clear and battery life does not seem to be an issue. They have had it for a couple of years now. Why don’t we have it in America yet? The reason is because our networks are not fast enough to carry video yet. I am talking about two-way video, not one-way video where we can communicate back and forth. The carriers in America are working to make it happen, but it is not here yet. I predict it will come to America in a year or so–how sweet life would be when it is here!!!

5 comments to Deaf People In Europe Have it Good!

  • Jea

    If that occurs in America in the near future, it will be a true blessing and equal access like the hearing people talking to each other… Is that the purpose of Sprint TV icon on our Blackberry pagers??? Often wonder what the purpose for it will be in the future.
    Jea

  • Steve Hammond

    America is a very large area for technology to cover. Europe is a very small area to cover. Cell towers and cables and transmission stations all add up per mile/km. Also, Europe have a standard that all follow. Where in America it is competition and companies trying to squeeze profit the cheapest way possible. This is why technology is slower to stay ahead in America.

  • Steve Hammond

    America is a very large area for technology to cover. Europe is a very small area to cover. Cell towers and cables and transmission stations all add up per mile/km. Also, Europe have a standard that all follow. Where in America it is competition and companies trying to squeeze profit the cheapest way possible. This is why technology is slower to stay ahead in America.

  • Steve Hammond

    America is a very large area for technology to cover. Europe is a very small area to cover. Cell towers and cables and transmission stations all add up per mile/km. Also, Europe have a standard that all follow. Where in America it is competition and companies trying to squeeze profit the cheapest way possible. This is why technology is slower to stay ahead in America.

  • Didier Chabanol

    Actually two ways live video conversation on mobile is available in most European country. Unfortunately video quality depends of 3G/3G+ mobile network. This network is used to connect on the internet from a mobile and also to have video discussion. The current problem is that most of operator in Europe have unsufficient backbone capacity behind radio network. That’s why most of the time 3G network is not used by deaf people because bandwidth is poor to sign in good condition. In Scandinavian countries the 3G network offer a sufficient bandwidth !

    http://www.ives.fr

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